Brazil’s national telecoms regulator Anatel has published updated information regarding the addition of a ninth digit to mobile numbers. The states of Pernambuco, Paraiba, Rio Grande do Norte, Ceara, Piaui, Minas Gerais, Bahia and Sergipe are now scheduled to gain an extra digit by 31 December 2015, while a further nine states will receive the addition by the end of 2016. Eight-digit dialled calls will be supplemented for a transition period, during which users will receive messages with guidance on the new way of dialling. The states of Amapa, Amazon, Maranhao, Para and Roraima have most recently seen their mobile numbers expanded, with effect from 2 November 2014.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Anatel began implementing an additional ninth digit in July 2012, in a move which then affected 64 municipalities, including state capital Sao Paulo. The regulator had been aware of the problem of exhausting number capacity since 2008 and says the move to nine numbers doubles the limit to over 80 million.